As a society, we are disengaged from our future (i.e. we don't work together to bring about social change more often and more forcefully). We also strongly believe that the main reason for this is the fact that we are built to discount issues that we are not immediately connected with (either in terms of time or in terms of location). What we propose is that we use technology to break down this artificial barriers we create in our mind between us and our future and between us and the rest of the world.
There is not enough fresh water on this planet. There are countries without enough water to drink.
Through this design I want to spread the Save Water message.
Whenever people turn on the tap and water flows more than 3 seconds , a crying baby sound starts and goes on increasing till they turn off the tap.
They can see a Crying Emoticon on the tap which says " There is not enough fresh water on Earth ".
This is a funny way to spread the message which needs a lot of attention and make people use sufficient water but not waste.
Submitted by Manoj Manduva
Credit cards make life so much more easier that you do not have to carry stacks of moneys any more. Every time when you buy something the only thing you use is just a piece of card. But sometimes it also makes consumption unreasonable. People lost the sense of physical money. I created some new concepts of credit cards to remind people that digital money also has the similar physical attribute as the old money. They are not just numbers. You can feel it so that you can try to control your consumption.
Submitted by Xu Xin
I'm waiting in line and getting bored with nothing to do and I don't dare to small talk to the people around me. The line is very long at the postoffice/ bank/ waitingroom/ hospital/ busstop ... and the clock is ticking very slowly. Waiting on my turn seems to take forever.
I - and all the people around me - like to take pictures with their cellphones on holidays, special occasions or just for no special reason. We can upload these to a local network connected to a video-projector that is showing the pictures very big on the wall.
Problem: Germy hands spread disease.
Solution: A robot dispenses high fives and hand sanitizing goo.
As you approach the robot, he senses your presence and calls out to you in a synthesized voice.
"GIVE ME FIVE, DUDE."
"DON'T LEAVE ME HANGIN', BRO."
His hand contains a multitude of pore-like orifices that ooze hand sanitizer. Slap him five, and your hand is covered in goo. And since the slime on the robot's hand is alcohol-rich, even if it gets tainted with dirt and ice cream, it's still sanitary!
Submitted by Jonathan Murphy
Waiting for the red man to change on the traffic light, while necessary for maintaining your life, is a bummer. Our aim was making the wait pleasurable. We did it by posting Adam Ben Ezra in one side of a heavily traveled zebra crossing. Our guy plays when the light is red, and rests when it turns green. For our special operation we made double bass covers for famous songs containing words like "stop", "stand", etc.
Submitted by Guy Dayan
Our purpose is to improve the experience of anyone who likes to run
or to cycle in non urban routes. In result, we also expect that this
alterations we purpose can bring new people to try this routes.
The project is about setting up paces and rhythms during the "travel"
trough the path.
The sound option has a very simple mechanic set up. its all about
creating a new fake floor with pipes under it and whenever someone
steps over it, it will produce a sound of the floor hitting the pipes "
POM" and if someone passes trough the floor and steps over all the
I chose the problem that some people don't wash their hands after using the toilet. It's unnecessary to say, that this is unhealthy, distgusting and can cause many diseases. So I asked myself "Can we get more people to wash their hands by making it fun to do?!" I tried this by installing a motion detector inside the washbasin which recognizes the movements of your hands and sends the information to the camera of the distorting mirror. So your movements were realised in severel distortions, which you can see in the mirror.
Dog poop scooping is no fun! But it is less fun to live in a city full of poop…
How could poop scooping be less annoying?
A scooper that makes funny noises can become a new way to play with your dog. This scooper has a mechanism that creates funny noises when collecting poop. You can choose between different sounds (cat noise, toy squiz, barking…).
You could enjoy your dog’s reaction to the noises and interact with other people that use different noises too.
Simple and fun, not only for people but for dogs too!
Submitted by Liat Rogel
Smoking is a common problem in most of corporations. Certain people can't quit smoking just because they need both, a break from work and an opportunity to informally communicate with colleagues. This can be matched with quitting smoking. Here's the situation: a person goes to have a cigarette with his colleague to a smoking place. There, he sees a foosball table, which takes cigarettes as a payment.
Methods (refer to the picture):
- by setting up a recycling “corner” in high schools where huge recycling bins would be located for all recyclable materials
- Electronic touch screen “Social Wall” will be installed in the same area where students of this particular high school can leave comments, messages, news, and information about events, people and social groups on the particular campus. Only students of this particular school will have access to this wall which they may use in ways analogous to forums and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. At the same time they will be in the recycling area, which would remind them to recycle their items. Also once they are there already it’s easier to recycle the items instead of throwing them into regular trash bins. This habitual behavior will enforce students’ propensity to recycle once they are out of high school as well.
This idea will encourage people to go to the park and have a wonderful pastime to exercise better, refresh their minds and get a feeling of doing their part to save the environment. Installing boxing (kick boxing too), cycling, pulling and rowing machines that can tap on to the energy produced by the aforementioned exercises in the park. The participants should be shown the amount of green life they have saved during their workout session and a set of good health tips can also be displayed to create health awareness among the participants.
Not many guys wash their hands coming out of a public washroom. I think if it was more fun than people would do it all the time and it would promote good hygiene. I think that the taps should play music while they are washing their hands and if the wash them for the correct amount of time (minimum of 15 to 20 seconds of lathering) then a prize drops out of a slot for them. This could be a mint or something like that. Just an idea.
Submitted by Duncan MacLellan
The problem is that many people forget to water their plants and many plants are dying, so I invented a cool solution so the plants live longer.
The solution is to make a flowerpot that talk and flashes a red light. The flowerpot would start saying “water me!” “Time to water me!” and the flowerpot will have a red light and it will flash as it talks. It will flash and talk 3 times a day. The flowerpot needs batteries.
Submitted by Renata Flores
"I get around" is a line of books and encouragement for kids age 0-8 (and their adults). The components encourage physical activity, connection with the outdoors, awareness, and open-ended creativity through having FUN in everyday life, on special trips, and in our imaginations. Quote from book: "I get around and have fun--how about you?" All items are created to take along wherever, and however, you get around.
Submitted by Deb Miner
About 30% of people dont wash there hands after going to the bathroom. So creating a musical sink would be a fun way to start having people wash there hands. When you turn the fauset music would start playing and once you turned it off the music would stop.
Submitted by Emily Zuidweg.
Throwing away dead batteries is really polluting the environment. In my country there are places to dispose of them but these are often camouflaged by advertising, making them difficult to find. Why not create advertising that emphasizes the message and encourages the use of these containers? Submitted by Martin Hernandez Toyos.